Director: Krzysztof Zanussi
Producer: Zbigniew Domagalski, Felice Farina, Paolo Maria Spina
Screenplay: Krzysztof Zanussi
Cinematographer: Piotr Niemyjski
Editor: Milenia Fiedler
Cast: Andrzej Seweryn, Jan Marczewski
2022 | Polish | 85 Mins | Colour
What makes life meaningful: success or love? This dilemma is faced by Joachim, a fulfilled man approaching the end of his life, and a young mathematical genius, David. In ‘The Perfect Number’, Zanussi returns to the central themes of his work, explored in such classics as ‘Crystal Structure’ and ‘Illumination’. The answers he gives this time are not obvious. A young mathematician-physicist is immersed in his scientific research and in teaching his subjects. Joachim, an elderly Jewish-Polish cousin, would like to donate to David, wealth accumulated during his lifetime. David rejects this offer, since he wants to remain poor but happy. In the city, as word spreads, many believe that David has become very rich, and the young researcher finds himself kidnapped!